Former UNLV interim coach Todd Simon has Southern Utah off to a 3-0 start. The Thunderbirds play UNLV at 7 p.m. Friday at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Attendance has sagged since the UNLV-UNR game was moved to Thanksgiving weekend in 2016. Rebels coach Tony Sanchez likes the idea of playing the game on Nevada Day or that weekend.
The sport that for so long was a central source of producing revenue for UNLV athletics, which afforded the department a level of national relevancy, a brand Las Vegas prided itself on, is none of those things now.